How To Alleviate Pain From TMD At Home

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man suffering acute toothache jaw painTemporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) affects millions of people in the United States alone. Not only is there no definitive cause, but TMD can also cause symptoms similar to other neurological conditions, such as migraines and tingling or numbness in your hand. TMD is also commonly overlooked as a cause of many neurological issues.

While it takes the expert knowledge of a dentist trained in neuromuscular dentistry to determine if TMD is the cause of your symptoms and permanently correct it, there are several things you can do to alleviate the symptoms and pain associated with TMD. Although these only provide temporary relief, the pain and symptoms may begin to appear less frequently or severely.

TMD is defined as the marked misalignment of the jaw. As the body constantly tries to correct this realignment, the complex network of muscles and nerves around the mouth can become strained and compressed. It can lead to symptoms and pain in your hands and fingers if severe enough.

One of the best ways to prevent or at least reduce the pain associated with TMD is to be aware of the position of your jaw when resting and how much strain your mouth naturally places on it. When sitting, pay close attention if you are clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth without thinking about it. This is one of the primary signs of TMD.

Since the muscles and nerves around the jaw become strained and can cause significant pain, strengthening and stretching exercises of the jaw can help reduce the compression and associated pain.

Along with relaxation exercises and awareness of when you are clenching your jaw, it is possible to change how much strain you are involuntarily putting on your jaw. This will take some time and dedication but can provide significant relief to the pain and symptoms of TMD.

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your jaw or other areas without a correct diagnosis, contact Dr. Evola at Forestream Dental in Depew, NY, to see if TMD might be the cause. Call the office at 716-656-8686 or visit to schedule a consultation today.